Our 20th Anniversary
Before the big Memorial Day-weekend wedding on the left, there was the quiet Valentine’s Day ceremony on the right. The May wedding took place in the chapel at the University of Maryland. The Valentine’s Day wedding took place in our home in Madison, Wisconsin. Yes, you read that right—our home. We had been living together for a year and a half.
Many of you are familiar with the story. Bill and I got engaged and moved to Wisconsin to start our careers in 1991. It didn’t enter our minds to get separate places. We lived together in our apartment then bought a house in 1992.
We excitedly planned for our big wedding—May 29, 1993 was the date, and it was quickly approaching. But sometime around the end of January, God convicted us about our living arrangement. He was drawing us to Himself. And although I didn’t yet know Him, and there was much I didn’t understand, I’m in awe now by the grace that was upon us to make a change because of God.
I don’t think I’d ever done anything with God in mind. But here we were, making plans to get married in two weeks, on Valentine’s Day, because God had moved in our hearts. And at our quiet little ceremony with only the officer of the court who married us (a friend), her husband, and my mom, we knew the most important One in our midst was God. For the first time, we had invited Him into our home.
This wedding picture means the world to me. I knew next to nothing about the Bible in my hands. But the very fact that I was holding it—that I wanted to hold it—illustrates God’s love and faithfulness. And for each of the past twenty years, His faithfulness has abounded toward us. I entered marriage as a selfish, independent-minded woman, figuring if it didn’t work out, I could take care of myself. Oh, how the Lord has taught and chiseled me!
On this 20th anniversary, I am so thankful for Bill—for his love, his patience, his grace, his humor, and his wisdom. And I’m so grateful to God for loving us and drawing us both to Himself at the beginning of our marriage. Twenty years ago! Wow!!!
Anyone else celebrating a marriage milestone this year?